Hercules Student Recants Bathroom Sex Attack Story

Kurtis Alexander and Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, March 5, 2014

A 15-year-old transgender teen admitted to police Tuesday that he made up a story about being sexually assaulted a day earlier in the boys bathroom at Hercules Middle High School, authorities said.

The boy acknowledged making the false report–which raised alarm at the school and around the Bay Area–after investigators told him that the evidence gathered in the case didn’t corroborate his story, said Hercules police Detective Connie Van Putten.

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The boy’s original report had raised concerns on campus, in part because of a previous incident in which another transgender student was involved in a fight on campus in November.

Police have closed what they initially considered a hate-crime investigation and are considering whether the teenager will face criminal charges for filing a false police report, Van Putten said.

The student, who identifies as male, had reported being shoved into a bathroom stall by three male juveniles he didn’t recognize at about 11 a.m. Monday and physically and sexually assaulted, police said. {snip}

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